Today’s campaign snapshots

Clinton, Sanders trade fresh barbs

New York — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders opened a series of fresh and fierce attacks against one another on Monday on issues ranging from immigration to fracking as they campaigned across New York ahead of the state’s contentious primary.

Clinton assailed Sanders for his mixed record on immigration reforms and said he’s struggled to detail his positions on foreign policy and financial regulation.

“I have noticed that under the bright spotlight and scrutiny here in New York, Sen. Sanders has had trouble answering questions,” she said. told

Sanders hit back, rallying supporters with a lengthy rift slamming Clinton for promoting fracking as secretary of state and only offering conditional opposition to the practice. The oil and gas drilling method, reviled by environmentalists, has been banned in the state.

The harsher tone comes just days before they will meet on stage for the first Democratic primary debate in more than a month.

Poll: Clinton would make U.S. great

Washington — In an early general election warning for Donald Trump, Americans say they trust Democrat Hillary Clinton over the Republican businessman on a range of issues, including immigration, health care and nominating Supreme Court justices.

Even when asked which of the two candidates would be best at “making American great” — the central promise of Trump’s campaign — Americans are slightly more likely to side with Clinton, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

The survey does reveal some potential trouble spots for Clinton. Trump is nearly even with her on whom Americans trust to handle the economy, which voters consistently rank as one of the top issues facing the country. Clinton is trusted more on the economy by 38 percent of Americans, while 35 percent side with Trump.

And despite Americans’ overall preference for Clinton on a host of issues, just 20 percent say she represents their own views very well on matters they care about, while 23 percent say somewhat well.

But as with most issues addressed in the AP-GfK poll, the numbers for Trump are even worse: Just 15 percent of Americans say he represents their views very well and 14 percent say somewhat well.

Cruz kicks off California campaign

Ted Cruz is spending his day campaigning in southern California, a state that holds presidential primaries for both parties on June 7, the last day of primary voting.

The Texas senator’s appearance Monday was a reminder that regardless of what happens in New York’s April 19 elections, the presidential nomination on the Republican side — if not for both parties — won’t be decided for another two months.

Cruz was scheduled to appear at a rally in Orange County, a Republican stronghold south of Los Angeles, before an evening appearance in San Diego.

The Texas senator has cast himself as more electable than Republican rival Donald Trump, in part because of organizational advantages in the complicated and tedious process of collecting delegates heading into the summer national convention.